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Old 08-31-2018, 01:51 PM
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Were your cases "reconditioned"?
No. Just range pickups from MG use, sold by Jeff Bartlett.
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Old 09-01-2018, 06:55 PM
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I have shot a ton of this stuff but after the initial warnings I drop every cartridge into a Sheridan cartridge guage. Pass/fail. If it drops in and slides back out it is good to go.
If it hangs up on the web like this one it gets pulled and reloaded in better brass. I have found that about 25 to 30% do not pass the test. They are hanging up on the web area, not the extraction rim. With over 2K fired I haven't had any mishaps after guaging. At least they came in nice Plano boxes.

Very good info. I have a bunch of it too that I've been holding off using even after calling Atomic, talking to the owner, and receiving quality assurances. In 2-300 rounds I've shot I had no problems except for one primer blowback that left a pock mark in my bolt face (not happy). I'm not a reloader at this point, would the cheaper Hornady gauge @$20 suffice to check these out?
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:12 AM
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I have shot a ton of this stuff but after the initial warnings I drop every cartridge into a Sheridan cartridge guage. Pass/fail. If it drops in and slides back out it is good to go.
If it hangs up on the web like this one it gets pulled and reloaded in better brass. I have found that about 25 to 30% do not pass the test. They are hanging up on the web area, not the extraction rim. With over 2K fired I haven't had any mishaps after guaging. At least they came in nice Plano boxes.

Thank you Art!!
Picked up the Sheridan Gauge and went through a container of the Atomic and was surprised that the failure rate was at least 30%....if not higher.
I appreciate your input on this ammo and the heads-up on the gauge!
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Old 09-02-2018, 05:42 PM
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Thank you Art!!
Picked up the Sheridan Gauge and went through a container of the Atomic and was surprised that the failure rate was at least 30%....if not higher.
I appreciate your input on this ammo and the heads-up on the gauge!
You are welcome Sir.
It is amazing how many hand loaders have problems with their ammo and try to blame it on the rifle or at least the barrel.
A SAMMI chamber guage is a real eye opener.
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Old 09-03-2018, 01:43 PM
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Good morning, I have at-least 600 rds of the 2015 stuff. Blew a couple up in an ar10 (cost me a mag and a bolt) a few years ago and figured it was the gun. Fired 12 today out of my Rem 700. 6 case failures; 50% failure rate... accurate but. Now what?
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Old 09-03-2018, 02:00 PM
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Sheridan makes a great product. I've used their gauges exclusively. Careful to note, they may be SAMMI spec, but SAMMI minimum. They will hold you to a factory dimensioned finished round, and may be unnecessary for your chamber to go that small. Plunk test will confirm, provided the length is correct.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:45 AM
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After shooting around 300 rounds of this ammo out of various .308/7.62 rifles without a problem I finally got bit!
I purchased the Sheridan gauge and went through 300 rounds with at least a 30+% failure rate according to the gauge. I might have been a bit generous on a few rounds while gauging but nothing close to "B" Min Chamber Dimension....Perhaps a bit of my fault but why should I have to gauge any "factory" ammo in the first place!!
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Took my Bula/Dupage M14 build to the range on Saturday for its first outing....shot really well!
After firing around 30 rounds without a problem I had a round fire and eject, but a cloud of brown smoke appeared around the chamber/bolt area with bolt closed. The residue from this entered into the receiver.....
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Checked the rifle and saw nothing out of place...other than the residue.
Fired a few more rounds without a problem till a round blew out the magazine base plate and spring. The casing at the left was the one I believe created the brown smoke and the right one blew out the base plate and spring...magazine stayed in place.
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I was able to reassemble the magazine and worked fine.
At this point I doubt I will shoot anymore and not push my luck!!!

On a side note, I purchased a couple years ago some SSA..Silver State Armory..308/155gr. HPBT's from SPS/Nosler and gauged them for Saturdays shoot. Of the 40 rounds I ran through the Sheridan gauge only 15 rounds passed the gauge test.
These 15 rounds functioned fine.
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Old 09-11-2018, 11:54 AM
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The failure in the extractor groove is identical to the failure I had using reprocessed brass. I posted about it in December 2015.

W.G. Henderson
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:29 PM
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Can anyone guess which group passes?

26 fails and 8 pass...

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Old 09-19-2018, 03:49 PM
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Been following this thread with interest since I have a can of this stuff from way back when... 2012? Never shot any of it.

I'm thinking the best approach at this point would be to pull the bullets. Does anyone know what powder is in these? It sounds like it could be probably be safely re-used.

Would it be worth punching the primers out and re-using them too?

It's really too bad... it "looked" like good ammo and a good deal, at the time.
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